Archive for February, 2008

Guide of Berlin, Potsdam and Environs. A Special Summary from the Notes of the Best Tourists as Baedecker and Others.

February 28, 2008

Interesting.  WorldCat has the bibliographic information on this, but shows no library holdings.  Either it’s a new and incomplete record, or perhaps some library once had it, then withdrew or lost it.

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Guide of Berlin, Potsdam and Environs. A Special Summary from the Notes of the Best Tourists as Baedecker and Others.
Marcus, Max.

Bookseller:
Heldfond Book Gallery, Ltd. ABAA , ILAB
(San Anselmo, CA, U.S.A.)

Price: $400

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

Book Description: Berlin. Max Marcus, Bookseller. n.d. (circa 1885)., 1885. Illustrated with one very large coloured folding map. 68 pgs. 12mo (6″ x 4.5″). Bound in gilt titled red cloth. Wonderful and scarce example of Marcus’ attempt to duplicate the Baedeckers Guides. An effort which eventually led to Bankruptcy and prison. Covers somewhat soiled with some minor staining to front cover. Lack of continuity to endsheets at front and rear hinges. Map presents three marginal tears two of which extend 1/2 inch into image. A Very Good or better crisp copy. Quite rare.Featured Misc. Bookseller Inventory # 7863

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TRU-AMERICANISM

February 26, 2008

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TRU-AMERICANISM
Mulvey, Owen

Bookseller:
Antiquarian Book Shop
(Washington, DC, U.S.A.)

Price: $44.96

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

Book Description: Chicago Owen Mulvey 1939., 1939. Fine. ; 8vo; The time for another American Evolution has come. Now is the time to make our donation to humanity. Author calls for a guaranteed minimum income, jobs for all, good schools & good hospitals for all people, etc. Excellent pictorial wrappers. Quite scarce pamphlet. First Edition. Binding is Softcover. Bookseller Inventory # 8715

Practical Hints to Young Officers in the Mercantile Marine

February 25, 2008

COPAC lists one 1907 edition at the British Library.  Presumably, this 1920 printing is significantly different, if only for the list of “owners who take apprentices.”  Not in WorldCat.

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Practical Hints to Young Officers in the Mercantile Marine
An Old Hand

Bookseller:
Rare Books at Vagabonds’ House
(East Boothbay, ME, U.S.A.)

Price: $35

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

Book Description: Brown, Son & Ferguson, Ltd, Glasgow. 1920 printing, ed unk, 12 mo, 18 * 12 cm, illustrated boards, 110 pp. Very neat underlining. Contains myriad “Useful tips for young Officers joining a ship.” Also “Contains a List of Owners who take Apprentices.” Quite scarce; in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # VH000433

Sin Suits Me

February 22, 2008

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Sin Suits Me
BOOTH, Roy

Bookseller:
Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
(Gloucester City, NJ, U.S.A.)

Price: $400

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

Book Description: New York Godwin, Publishers (1935)., 1935. First edition. Near fine in good plus dustwrapper with some modest chipping, mostly on the front panel, and at the crown. Rejected by her lover, a beautiful woman lures men with her paganesque practices. Very uncommon. OCLC locates no copies. First edition. Bookseller Inventory # 85580

The Runaways

February 20, 2008

Another sea-adventure published in London in 1941.  According to the bookseller, the author was an “original member of Sinn Fein.”  Five in COPAC, but not in WorldCat.

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The Runaways
O’Brien, Conor (pseudonym of Edward Conor Marshal O’Brien)

Bookseller:
Augustine Funnell Books
(Fredericton, NB, Canada)

Price: $150

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

Book Description: George G. Harrap, London, 1941. Hard Cover. Book Condition: About Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good to Very Good. T.H. Robinson (illustrator). First Edition. Small Octavo — from 7.75″ to 9.75″ Tall. O’Brien was a yachtsman, mountaineer, and original member of Sinn Fein, as well as the first person to sail around the world in his own yacht. This boy’s adventure story is a very scarce tome, telling the tale of a pair of lads who, with a newfound friend, take their father’s yacht up the west coast of Ireland to Skye, where, among many adventures, they acquire a stowaway who ends up being “the cause of a clash with a gang of Communists.” Red cloth w/black spine lettering, 220 pages + map. A bit of wear to corners/spine ends, dusty/tanned edges, light cover soil, in lightly edgeworn dust jacket w/short edge tears, 1.25″ tear to bottom edge of front panel, light chipping to corners/spine ends, small piece (3/8″ x 1/4″) from top edge of rear panel, smudging to rear panel. Naturally, the jacket is now in a protective mylar sleeve. Bookseller Inventory # 016100

The Ghost of the Dunsany

February 20, 2008

Ernest Laurie-Long appears to have written many maritime-themed novels, but this one, published during the war, is not in WorldCat.

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The Ghost of the Dunsany
LAURIE-LONG, E.

Bookseller:
Mainly Fiction
(Auckland, 0745, New Zealand)

Price: $125

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

Book Description: Ward Lock, London, 1941. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 12mo – over 6¾” – 7¾” tall. Extremely scarce title. Blue cloth titled in black on spine. Tidy cover, tight bindings, ffep removed, light foxing in edges and endpapers. The dust jacket is bright, price clipped, slight wear to spine, protected in a clear plastic sleeve. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 007479

Tennessee Ernie (Ford) Hillbilly Song Book

February 19, 2008

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Tennessee Ernie (Ford) Hillbilly Song Book [Songbook]
Ford, Tennessee Ernie

Bookseller:
Red Sky Books
(Washington, DC, U.S.A.)

Price: $25

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

Book Description: McGlennon Publications, London. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 8 ½” x 11″, 12 pp. Undated, circa 1950. This is an extremely scarce vintage songbook. It is in excellent condition. The book contains lyrics only for about 60 songs recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Bookseller Inventory # 032108

Maggie Pepper [salesman’s dummy]

February 15, 2008

I’m fascinated by salesman’s dummy copies, which are simultaneously “book” and “not book.”  Like dust jackets and publisher’s catalogs, libraries seem to neglect collecting dummies.  This is shortsighted.  Dummies represent the publisher’s very first attempt to present a book to the world, even if the world is represented by the retail or library buyer.  “Maggie Pepper” is a more complicated case, given its history as play and motion picture, but the copy shown below is striking, and is indeed “Not in WorldCat.”

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Maggie Pepper.
KLEIN, Charles.

Bookseller:
Babylon Revisited Rare Books
(East Woodstock, CT, U.S.A.)

Price: $200

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

Book Description: H. K. Fly Co. New York: (1911)., 1911. First Edition, Salesman’s Dummy Advance Copy. Original cloth, spine and front panel of dustjacket tipped in, example of full spine tipped to rear cover. Uncommon advance dummy copy of this popular pre-Jazz Age novel, with only the first 32 pages bound within. Klein’s own adaptation of his play which served as the basis for a 1919 silent film comedy. This edition with photographic image at front dustjacket panel likely taken from the theatrical release. Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 14156

Whittenbury College [A School Story for Girls]

February 14, 2008

Curious- there is no explanation given for the Star of David on the upper right tip of the dust jacket.

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Whittenbury College
Chesterton, Alice M.

Bookseller:
Ryan O’Horne Books
(Northumberland, ., United Kingdom)

Price: $64.76

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

Book Description: Thomas Nelson & Sons, London. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Undated. Presumed first. Circa 1926. 12mo – over 6¾” – 7¾” tall. Very good in like dust jacket. Extremely rare with d.j – bright, having been protected in brown paper. A little edgewear. Lovely 20`s design. Publishers dusk pink buckram decorated and lettered in brown with circular pictorial onlay. Prize bookplate to front pastedown. Endpapers a little grubby. A little sporadic foxing throughout. A good copy. 6 beautiful colour plates. 12mo. 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 2. 378pp…. Bookseller Inventory # 002855

Broadsword and Quarter-Staff without a Master.

February 13, 2008

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Broadsword and Quarter-Staff without a Master. Broadsword Fencing and Stick or Quarter-Staff Play, after the latest European Practice adopted in the Military Schools of France and Italy, and the United States.
Riboni, Giuseppe.

Bookseller:
Kaaterskill Books, ABAA/ILAB
(East Jewett, NY, U.S.A.)

Price: $375

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

 Book Description: Chicago: E.B. Myers (successor of D. B. Cooke & Co.), 1862., 1862. 81 pp. + Adv [3]. 24mo. Limp brown cloth stamped in blind, gilt titles. First edition. Illus. with 33 b/w plates. Check List of Chicago Ante-Fire Imprints 651. Pardoel 2183.01. Signed “C. W. Davis, Adjt, Camp Douglas, January 1862.” Charles Wilder Davis (1833-1898) entered the volunteer army as captain in the 51st Illinois infantry in 1862, was made adjutant, then major; he fought at Island No. 10, then Corinth, was wounded at Murfreesboro, and again at Chickamauga, promoted to lieutenant-colonel, was severely wounded at Missionary Ridge, promoted to colonel, and received the surrender of Gen. M. Jeff Thompson’s Army of Missouri of 7978 men (Brown, DNA). Scarce. Copies at CHistSoc and LOC; OCLC lists none. Tear to head of spine, else a very good copy with small chip on rear cloth, the bookplate of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Commandery of the State of Illinois on front pastedown, shelf sticker on foot of backstrip, their stamp on title, several corners creased. Bookseller Inventory # 31649

The Djenggrong Treasure. A Most Remarkable Archeological Treasure Found in Java (Dutch East India) Certificated by Professor Doctor N.J. Krom, Professor at Leiden and doctor Juynboll, Director of the Leiden Museum.

February 12, 2008

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The Djenggrong Treasure. A Most Remarkable Archeological Treasure Found in Java (Dutch East India) Certificated by Professor Doctor N.J. Krom, Professor at Leiden and doctor Juynboll, Director of the Leiden Museum.
Indonesia).

Bookseller:
Kaaterskill Books, ABAA/ILAB
(East Jewett, NY, U.S.A.)

Price: $50

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

 Book Description: n.p.: n.p. (ca 1925)., 1925. Unpaged [12 pp]. Obl. 8vo. Stapled black paper wrappers. Illus. with 10 b/w photos. Thirty-seven items including 14 gold ornaments found on Bromo volcano. Argues for their authenticity and issued shortly after a series of articles in Dutch newspapers in late 1924. Not in OCLC or RLIN. Djenggrong also known as Jenggrong A very good copy in very good, lightly edgeworn wrappers. Bookseller Inventory # 29848

Oil Map of Auglaize County, Ohio, 1886

February 11, 2008

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Petroleum Pocket Map] Oil Map of Auglaize County, Ohio, 1886
Sutton, R., Also Edward Orton

Bookseller:
Robert G. Smith Jr.
(Denver, CO, U.S.A.)

Price: $1500

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

Book Description: Published By the Author, Sidney, OH, 1886. Original Cloth. Book Condition: Good to Vg. First Edition. 12mo – over 6¾” – 7¾” tall. Folded linen-backed hand-colored lithographed map in original brown cloth case with gilt lettered front cover. This highly detailed map unfolds to 34 1/2 by 23 3/4 inches and shows thousands of land parcels with owner names, railroad lines, oil wells, gas wells, dry wells, and rig locations. The map contains a generalized geologic section of the new oil and gas field prepared by Edward Orton, State Geologist, plus 7 logs of producing, abandoned and in-progress wells, and a list of the great gas and oil wells in the Finley, Ohio area. Condition: There is some light discoloration to the top of the front cover and a small circular punch mark in the cloth below the title. The map has some splitting at fold intersections along the bottom horizontal fold with minor loss of paper, all in blank areas only. OCLC locates no copies, although Ohio State contains a copy of Sutton’s 1886 Oil Map of Allen County, Ohio. Similarly, no copies located using other net resources. Very rare and one of the first, if not the first, maps to focus on the newly-discovered petroleum resources of western Ohio. Bookseller Inventory # 000081

Catalogue of Conjuring Tricks No. 11

February 5, 2008

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Catalogue of Conjuring Tricks No. 11
A. Roterberg

Bookseller:
Vashon Island Books
(Vashon, WA, U.S.A.)

Price: $200

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

Book Description: A. Roterberg, Chicago. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. b/w Illustration (illustrator). First Edition. 8vo – over 7 3/4″ – 9 3/4″ Tall. 208 pages. Exceptionally scarce catalogue of A. Roterberg’s line of conjuring and magic supplies and tricks. Original tan pictorial wraps stamped in blue, red, and black (rear cover loose; browning and wear to covers with chipping to spine and edges; text browned at edges). Collectible. Bookseller Inventory # 0761860

700 Ways to Make Money Without Capital…

February 4, 2008

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700 Ways to Make Money Without Capital…
 

Bookseller:
Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
(Merchantville, NJ, U.S.A.)

Price: $400

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

Book Description: New York J.S. Oglivie & Company (1882)., 1882. First edition. Green cloth stamped in black. Owner’s label front pastedown, corners a little worn, and some cloth erosion on the rear board, a nice, very good copy. OCLC locates no copies. First edition. Bookseller Inventory # 94600

The BIG LEAGUE

February 1, 2008

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The BIG LEAGUE.
Baseball Fiction].

Bookseller:
Tavistock Books, ABAA
(Alameda, CA, U.S.A.)

Price: $412.50

For sale at: www.abebooks.com

Book Description: American Colortype Co., (n d), Chicago: 5 full page half-tone color illustrations (including front wrapper). Divers images of boys playing baseball, circa 1890s per their garb. Story of Bert, captain of the Hillbrook Team, who challenged Lester, captain of the Beeson Hill Club, to a championship game. Rare: not in McCue, nor on OCLC & not located in the LoC on-line catalogue. Some minor corner chips to front wrapper. A VG+ copy. Binding is Self wrappers, stapled. 12mo. 5-1/8″ x 3-3/4″. Unpaginated, though 12 pp (including wrappers). Bookseller Inventory # 28184